Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted that his club are not in need of a new striker signing this summer, despite his side only managing 2 goals in 3 games so far this season – with only 1 goal being scored by United themselves.
United fans have been desperate for their side to snap up a new No.9 to replace the void left by Van Persie and Falcao, but the Dutch manager has stood firm and insisted his side need no replacement.
“I have a lot of options.” Van Gaal said.
“I have chosen Chicharito [Hernández], because he is another type from Rooney, and Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don’t think we need a striker.”
Rooney, who has gone 858 minutes without a Premier League goal, was listed alongside Chicharito – a player who LvG wanted to sell last summer and indeed this summer. The other two, Januzaj and Fellaini, are predominantly known as midfielders. As for James Wilson, the striker is showing promise, but is surely not ready for first team football just yet.
Van Gaal argued it would take a superstar to Rooney as his striker: “If he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but if he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won’t buy any striker. But if he does, we shall buy.”
“[Radamel] Falcao and [Ángel] Di María: great players, but they have to adapt to the culture of Manchester United.”
[All quotes via the Guardian]